“You don’t drop under the bar! You don’t fall under the bar! You pull yourself under the bar hard and fast!”
Burgener notices Khalipa isn’t finishing his pulls and is slow to snap underneath the bar. The athlete from CrossFit Santa Clara is strong as an ox, but he isn’t moving fast enough to snatch big weight. Burgener reminds that strength is worthless in Olympic lifting without speed. As an example, Coach B refers to colorful powerlifter Dave Tate, who can muscle snatch more than he can snatch.
“Quit thinking strength, strength, strength,” Burgener demands. “You’ve got to think finesse, finesse, finesse.”
Video by CrossFit By Overload.
Additional reading: The Power of Dynamic Pulling Exercises by Bill Starr, published Dec. 5, 2008.